GAMES - Review
15:00 - 27th June 2015, by Michael Dodson

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Xenoblade Chronicles follows the tale of Shulk and his powerful sword, the Monado, which grants him the ability to see visions of the future. When his home colony is invaded by the robotic Mechon, Shulk and his pal Reyn must travel over land and sea to reach the top of the Bionis – their world which lies on the lifeless body of an ancient titan.

Getting a game with a world as vast as the Bionis to run on a Wii was already a mean feat in 2011; to somehow cram it onto the New 3DS (the only game so far to be exclusive to the recently upgraded model) is just incredible. Some of the textures and models have, admittedly, taken quite a hit in the conversion process, but it’s still remarkable how close this port has stayed to the original. In fact, aside from some of the UI now being displayed on the bottom screen and a soundtrack and model viewer (which can’t even be accessed without quitting and rebooting the game completely), this is strictly a re-release rather than a remaster.

If you loved the 80+ hour original, you may not be up for the challenge of revisiting the Bionis again, but if you missed it the last time, we urge you to give it a shot. With its smart real-time battle system, engaging story and lovable cast of characters, Xenoblade truly deserves its reputation as one of the greatest JRPGs of all time.

A fantastic, if very lengthy, game from start to finish – not to be missed!
SCORE: 5/5
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